Chalkbeat: Aurora is rolling out new curriculum to catch up with how teachers teach writing

Chalkbeat recently visited Peoria Elementary to see how Aurora Public Schools' new literacy curriculum is helping students improve their reading and writing skills.

Story excerpt:

"Nick Larson’s class rushed back to their desks, excited about what they had learned and ready to look for symbols in their own books during independent reading time. As they read, students filled their books, including the 'Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye,' 'Because of Winn-Dixie' and 'Super Sasquatch Showdown,' with sticky notes about what they were noticing in the text.

It’s one small way Aurora teachers are integrating writing and reading, a practice officials refer to as 'balanced literacy.' It means reading about writing, and writing about reading. It’s not a new teaching practice, but the district has spent $4.7 million on new literacy curriculum from two different sources — schools get to pick one — to help teachers combine those lessons."